Democrat Cory Booker beat Republican Steve Lonegan for the New Jersey senate seat on Wednesday.
Booker, 44, won the senate seat after a two month election to finish the term of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died at the age of 89 in June. Booker is the current Mayor of Newark and plans to bring change to Congress. He said that he wants to take American’s frustrations and focus them into energy to bring change to congress. Booker beat Lonegan with 55% of the votes. Lonegan won 44% of the votes. Booker says that he expects to be sworn into the office within the next two weeks depending on the schedules of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Vice President Joe Biden. He will be the first black senator from New Jersey, reports The Washington Post.
Booker had an advantage running for the senate seat. One-third of voters in New Jersey are registered as Democrats compared to 20% being registered as Republicans.
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